- a person's wife.
- a person's husband.
Origin of better half
Related Words for better halfconsort, helpmate, husband, mate, partner, rib, spouse, wife, espoused, helpmeet
Examples from the Web for better half
Historical Examples of better half
That you had a better-half somewhere, to which you belong when you are at home.
He would have recognised the actress, however, if his better-half had allowed him to do so.Crying for the Light, Vol. 1 [of 3]
J. Ewing Ritchie
Count Ambrose and his better-half stayed in the castle; the good mother would never leave her nursling.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
When we left the house in the morning I saw Benry's better-half placing a few eggs in water to boil over the fire.Alone with the Hairy Ainu
A. H. Savage Landor
They had wrangled all the thirty years they had been married; but Toine was good-humored, while his better-half grew angry.Original Short Stories, Volume 9 (of 13)
Guy de Maupassant
- jocular one's spouse
Also, better part. The larger amount or majority of something, as in I won't be long; the better half of this job is complete, or I have spent the better part of my life in this city. Sir Philip Sidney used the first term in Arcadia (1580): “I ... shall think the better half of it already achieved.” The variant appears in a well-known proverb, discretion is the better part of valor.
Also, my better half. One's (my) spouse, as in I'm not sure if we can go; I'll have to check with my better half. Originally this expression meant “a close friend or lover,” and by the 16th century it referred to either a wife or lover. Sidney used it in this way, again in Arcadia: “My dear, my better half (said he), I find I must now leave thee.” Today it tends to be used lightly for either husband or wife. “Late 1500s”